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Poster: Prof. Mark Date: Oct 10, 2011 8:32am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Search Results for Multi-Volume Works are Unhelpful

A systemic solution would be to enable the Volume field for every instance of a multi-volume work, then populate it correctly. Evidently, archive.org can't do this, for whatever reason. What archive.org could do is request that new uploads provide that metadata. After all, when an upload does so, that metadata is displayed.

For documents already in the archive, all we can do is provide work-arounds. I do two things:
1. As suggested, I provide Volume info in "Write a review" as I encounter problems and have to do research. I regard this as an occasional public service, not an ongoing project. I do the same if there are problems of edition/series, author errors, title errors, omissions (e.g. missing illustrations), quality of scan, etc.
2. If the catalogue record is linked to the wrong set of files (or the wrong OpenCat record), I email archive.org, giving the URLs and describing the problem. In all, this takes 1 sentence and 5 lines (2 text, 2 URL, 1 blank).